Last update June 10, 2018

Petit houx


Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.

A woody plant. The roots are used.
It contains saponosides such as ruscogenin, potassium salts and flavonoids such as rutoside and hesperidoside.
Indications from the European Medicines Agency and the E Commission of the German Ministry of Health (based on traditional use, without solid scientific proof of their efficacy): venous insufficiency, heaviness of legs and hemorrhoids (EMA 2008, Blumenthal 1998).
Administered orally from root extracts.

Since the last update we have not found published data on its excretion in breast milk.

There is very little published data on the use of this plant, but it seems devoid of toxicity. Possible side effects are digestive and not serious.

Given its lack of toxicity at correct doses, moderate use would be compatible with breastfeeding.

Precautions when taking plant preparations:
1. Make sure they are from a reliable source: poisoning has occurred due to confusing one plant with another with toxic properties, poisoning due to heavy metals that are extracted from the soil and food poisoning due to contamination with bacteria or fungi (Anderson 2017).
2. Do not take in excess; follow recommendations from experts in phytotherapy. "Natural" products are not good in any quantity: the plants contain active substances from which a large part of our traditional pharmacopoeia has been obtained and can cause intoxication or act as endocrine disruptors (contain phytoestrogens: Powers 2015) if they are taken in excessive amounts or time periods.

See below the information of this related product:

  • Ruscogenin (Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.)

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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Other names

Petit houx is Butcher´s Broom in French.

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Main tradenames from several countries containing Petit houx in its composition:

  • Nikzon™. Contains other elements than Petit houx in its composition


  1. Anderson PO. Herbal Use During Breastfeeding. Breastfeed Med. 2017 Abstract
  2. Powers CN, Setzer WN. A molecular docking study of phytochemical estrogen mimics from dietary herbal supplements. In Silico Pharmacol. 2015 Mar 22;3:4. Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  3. EMA. Community herbal monograph on Ruscus acuelatus. HMPC. 2008 Full text (in our servers)
  4. [No authors listed] Ruscus aculeatus (butcher's broom). Monograph. Altern Med Rev. 2001 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  5. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, Gruenwald J, Hall T, Riggins CW, Rister RS, editors. The American Botanical Council. The Complete German Commission E Monographs. Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. 1st ed. Integrative Medicine Com; Boston, MA, USA: 1998

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